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Corey Allen
Corey Allen in “King Henry V” (2013)

The Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota is the largest professional Equity theatre to open in the Upper Midwest in the last 10 years and has enjoyed unprecedented success since its 2004 inaugural season. Employing nearly 100 people at the peak of the season, GRSF presents its six-week long season of rotating repertory from late June to the end of July in the 435-seat mainstage theatre on campus at Winona State University.

In addition to its professional company and staff, GRSF offers internship and apprenticeships to aspiring theatre technicians, administrators, and actors, and annually recruits its interns and apprentices from college and university theatre training programs across the country. The intern/apprentice program experience culminates with performances of a studio theatre production of a play by Shakespeare (in 2015: King John).


Dominque Worsley in the Intern/Apprentice Production of “Titus Andronicus”

Apprentice Actor Training Program

For details, application and audition information, visit


For information and applications for artistic, administrative and production internships for the 2015 summer season, visit

2016 Season Auditions for Great River Shakespeare Festival

Auditions for the 2016 season will be held in Winona, Minnesota in early July. Please check back on this page for exact dates.

Anyone auditioning will receive a ticket to see the production playing the night of their audition (Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing or The Glass Menagerie depending on the night). Please prepare two monologues each under 2 minutes. At least one should be by Shakespeare and preferably in verse. To schedule a time or for more information, please email your photo and resume to No phone calls please.

Opportunities for Teens

Teens: Click here for information on our Shakespeare for Young Actors and Shakespeare for Young Designers Programs.

Recruitment at GRSF: the Real Story

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